Sustainable Fisheries Section
About the information sheet
Exporters should be aware that the EPBC Act has provisions that relate to the export of wildlife. Under the legislation, marine products sourced from fisheries are either exempt from export controls, require an export permit, or cannot be exported, depending on the outcome of the assessment of the fishery from which the product is sourced.
Exporters should be aware that the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) has provisions that regulate the export of wildlife. Under this legislation marine products sourced from fisheries are either exempt from export controls, require an export permit, or cannot be exported, depending on the outcome of an assessment 1 of the fishery from which the product is sourced.
The following website contains a list of the species currently exempt from export controls, http://www.deh.gov.au/environment/biodiversity/trade-use/lists/exempt/index.html. All other species will require an export permit.
Permits can only be issued for export of marine product sourced from a wildlife program approved under the EPBC Act, such as a captive breeding program, artificial propagation program, aquaculture program or wildlife trade operation. For further information on gaining approval under the EPBC Act for a wildlife program please refer to http://www.deh.gov.au/environment/biodiversity/trade-use/sources/index.html or contact the Sustainable Fisheries Section.
Permit application forms are available from the Department of Environment and Water Resources International Wildlife Trade Section (Phone 02-6274 1900) or from http://www.deh.gov.au/environment/biodiversity/trade-use/permits/forms/marine.html. When completing the application you should attach proof of the legal acquisition of the specimen. This means you should attach a copy of the State/Commonwealth collection permit or the appropriate receipts for the purchase of the product.
The permit application form mentions the exporting of live animals and completing a supplementary form for such exports. Please note that this does not apply to marine species.